On the way there, I have to slam the brakes to avoid pulping some little fool's remote-controlled car. This kid was standing in his wide-open driveway, running his car across the street and back again. Uh, hello?
Then I get to the library. Oh, but God forbid that library patrons should be allowed the use of the library parking lot! Nay, heathen wretch in pursuit of self-enrichment, thou mayst not tread here. For you see, the parking lot was jam-packed with gas-guzzling soccer mom vans that double as transportation for Mom, Dad, Future Dumb Jock and Future Sorority Slut Cheerleader to the peewee football game in the neighboring field. After squeezing my way through Double Parking Nightmare Land, I had to drive back to the nearby bank, park there, and stumble down a muddy hill to the library.
I don't mind a long walk through a parking lot- or even across parking lots. What really gets me angry is that the library parking lot would never be packed like that any other time. "Ask our kids to read? That's asking too much!" says the Parent. No matter where you look, academics get trumped by sports every time. I'm not saying sports are a bad thing- far from it. But don't throw elaborate celebrations for star athletes, put them on TV/in the newspaper, elevate them to demigod status, tell them that they should concentrate on sports where the "real money" is, and then whine that the American education system is a failure.
I think next time I will run over that remote-control car.